Words do not mean anything unless matched with action. This is what the rich man learned from Jesus. In today’s Gospel (Mk. 10: 17-30), what started like a good conversation with the man asking the Lord how to inherit eternal life. Christ answered him with the commandments, the “minimum requirements”, of which the man replied to Jesus,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (v. 30)
The man may have been surprised and didn’t expect the Lord’s answer like that as his face fell, and went away sad, for he had many possessions. Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, said the question was like,
“Good teacher, what should I do to be happy in my life?”
This question is deeper than it looks. Fr. Armand dissected it, as seen from the perspective of Christ,
“You’re looking for a serious kind of happiness. You’re looking for happiness that will not be easily taken away from you. You’re looking for happiness that will give you peace, when life is comfortable and when life is painful.”
Maybe Jesus asked further,
“You know what happiness is? Happiness is being sure you are in a place in life where God wants you to be. You want to be happy? Then, do the will of God.”
All of us want to be happy. Regardless of your definition of happiness, Jesus wants you to be happy, in the right perspective. He wants you to live comfortably, but not ignoring His will for you and in pursuing the greater good for others. Happiness is not about yourself. Isn’t it true that when you make a sacrifice for a loved one, or others, you become happy? Ask many of our OFWs and you get the idea. So, isn’t it then a way of telling that it is not really about you, but about others? Only when you make others happy that you become truly happy.
In today’s First Reading (Wis 7: 7-11), the prayer of King Solomon for the gift of Wisdom was granted. He preferred her “over scepter and throne”, “beyond health and comeliness”, and “chose to have her rather than the light”.
Reflect then on this question: “Am I living my life, the way God wants me to live it?”
Let us pray that we be granted the strength to pursue the love of Jesus, who is the True Wisdom.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Mt. 5: 3